Rebecca Newman is a single mom from North Carolina with three young kids, one of whom has special needs. In order to pay the bills and provide for her family, Rebecca works two jobs and also runs a cleaning business. She’s no stranger to hardship; some days she wonders if she’ll be able to afford diapers or put gas in her car.
But there’s one annual event that, for the past 10 years, Rebecca and her children have never missed: the Tanglewood Festival of Lights, which celebrates the holiday season.
This year, Rebecca was already having a particularly rough day when she pulled up to the festival gates to try and pay for her family’s admission.
Much to her surprise, the ticket agent immediately handed her credit card back to her. “He paid for you guys to get in and told me to tell you merry Christmas,” the woman told Rebecca.
“He” was the unnamed stranger in the pickup truck in front of the Newman family. He’d seen Rebecca’s kids leaning out of the car window and, on a whim, decided to pay her family’s entry fees. He had no clue how big of a deal this was for the single mom until he saw her Facebook post recounting the kind gesture.
“It may seem super minor to him when he did it, he really did touch a place in my heart as a mom for my children,” she said.
Desperate to thank the man, Rebecca shared a photo of the back of his truck — it was all she had to identify him. Then, WGHP news shared her photo on social media and tracked him down.
But the man’s kindness didn’t end there… not by a long shot.